PITTSBURG -- Two people were hospitalized and a dog perished in a pair of fires Tuesday, one extinguished by Contra Costa Fire Protection crews and the other doused by an automatic sprinkler system, authorities said Wednesday.

The fires occurred at a home on Cedarbrook Place and at a senior apartment complex on Chester Drive, Contra Costa Fire Protection spokeswoman and Inspector Lisa Martinez said.

The blaze on Cedarbrook was reported about 11 p.m. and one person was injured while trying to fight the fire and taken by ambulance to Sutter Delta Medical Center, Martinez said. That person and four other members of the family living there escaped the house before fire crews arrived, she said.

Firefighters found smoke coming from the front door and roof, then attacked the blaze from inside, Martinez said. They brought it under control within minutes and kept fire damage to a single room, though significant smoke damage was left throughout the house, she said.

Firefighters removed a dog from inside the home while fighting the blaze but couldn't revive it, Martinez said. The Red Cross was helping the family with housing.

Around 8 a.m. on Tuesday, crews responded to a fire call at a unit in the Columbia Park Manor Senior Apartments. When they arrived, they saw heavy smoke, but a single fire sprinkler system had doused the flames in a ground-floor unit. The resident, whose gender and age were not released, was rescued by crews and taken by ambulance to a hospital.


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Residents in neighboring apartments briefly were evacuated but able to return after the smoke left over from the fire dissipated, Martinez said.

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